New lighting for Sint-Baafs Cathedral in Ghent


The Sint Baaf’s Cathedral, one of the major landmarks in the Belgian city of Ghent, now has a new lighting scheme.

The lighting scheme, by the lighting design agency Radiance 35, illuminates the cathedral tower and facades with warm white light in accordance with the Ghent light plan. It uses only LEDs and is 70% more efficient than the old lighting.

The recently restored Sint Baaf’s Cathedral tower now joins the Sint-Belfort and Sint-Niklaaskerk to become the only three monuments in Ghent that remain lit after midnight and until dawn.

“With this new monument lighting we bring this beacon together with the two other iconic towers back into the limelight, also in the evening and at night. We are also achieving major energy-savings here,” said Filip Watteeuw, Ghent Deputy Mayor of Public Space.

The installation of the new lighting was implemented by Fluvius, the city’s lighting service provider. The budget (approximately 300 000 €) was divided between the Kerkfabriek via the Province of East Flanders (80%) and the City of Ghent (20%). The rest of the cathedral will also be illuminated upon completion of the restoration.

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